Development set to begin on barracks site

Connolly Army Barracks. Photo: Joe McDonagh.
Longford Town Council has this week submitted a notice of intention to begin development work on the Connolly Barracks site on the west side of the town, writes Patrick Conboy.

Longford Town Council has this week submitted a notice of intention to begin development work on the Connolly Barracks site on the west side of the town, writes Patrick Conboy.

The work will involve converting the former guards room and store, which is a protected structure, into a craft and retail building.

Plans and details of the development work can be viewed at the Longford Town Council offices at the Market Square from today, August 28, to September 25.

As an exempted development, the Town Council is not required to seek planning permission as the work is being carried out within its own functional area.

In 2011, the Government agreed to sell Connolly Barracks to Longford’s local authorities for a knock-down price of €450,000. The property was formerly owned by the Department of Defence and was occupied by the army’s 4th Cavalry Squadron until it was transferred to Athlone in 2009.